Eastbourne warning over toxic plants

Nasty: The plant discovered on the bypass
Nasty: The plant discovered on the bypass

A dangerous giant plant discovered growing in a layby on the A27 bypass at Pevensey is being treated.

The giant hogweed plant has been sprayed and treated to kill it off and the area has been coned off for safety.

People are being warned not to touch the invasive weed as giant hogweed sap is extremely toxic to the skin in sunlight and contact with any part of the plant, followed by exposure to sunlight, can cause severe blistering to the skin and discomfort, the latter possibly recurring over a number of years.

There are concerns the numbers of injuries could be set to increase as children roam affected areas in the summer holidays.

Stuart Miller from Highways England said, “We have teams that look for this type of thing and they identified the plant growing along the Pevensey bypass recently.

“It has now been sprayed and treated to kill it off and in the meantime it has been coned so the area is closed for safety. A member of the public did report it to us after seeing the cones so we were already aware of it. We would ask that members of the public don’t go near any areas that are coned off for their own safety.

“Anyone who suspects they might have seen giant hogweed growing along the network should call our centre on 0300123500.”

He added there were no reports of anyone being injured by the plant along the road.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said, “We did have a report on July 10 of a giant hogweed type plant in a lay-by on the A27 Pevensey bypass, near Eastbourne, travelling west, the first lay-by on the right beyond the Pevensey roundabout. This was dealt with by the Highways Agency.”

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